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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A spotlight on the first week of school

VPAC welcomed students back to campus with a Friday night full of performance.
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Ophelia Lu
Vitality dancers glide into a different formation during their choreographic intermission, as captured on Aug. 25, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Ophelia Lu)

Each year, the Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community hosts Spotlight to showcase each of the performing arts organizations on campus to new students. While each organization gets just a few minutes to highlight their specialty, the energy is always high as students crowd to Langford Auditorium to cheer for their favorite acts.

Drama queens

Many theater and comedy organizations performed at Spotlight this year. From Tongue ‘N’ Cheek’s short improv set to the student-written skit from Iceberg Theater Co, there was no lack of theatrics on stage. Other highlights included songs from “Chicago” performed by Original Cast and “9-5” performed by Vanderbilt Off Broadway

Dancing the night away

Vanderbilt is home to many talented dance groups, and they were all on display at Spotlight. The first dance performance was from VIBE and was quickly followed by other high energy sets from Vanderbilt Lakshya, Vandy Tap That and Momentum Dance Company. Each group had their own flair that set them apart. Confidance and BhangraDores both performed before intermission. After intermission, Vitality was quick to spark cheers from the crowd and Vanderbilt Philippine Dance Theatre had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Finally, VIVID and VIDA closed out the night. 

Talented voices  

From Blair to a cappella, Vanderbilt is full of talented voices. Spotlight featured many choirs on campus. The highlight was certainly the Melodores performance of “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” which closed out Spotlight 2023.

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Barrie Barto
Barrie Barto, Editor-in-Chief
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with neuroscience and communication of science & technology minors in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. When she's not strolling around campus with her camera, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Ankit Janamanchi
Ankit Janamanchi, Staff Photographer
Ankit Janamanchi (‘26) is majoring in mathematics and minoring in data science and computer science in the College of Arts and Science. Aside from The Hustler, Ankit loves to rock climb, workout, hike and review movies and albums. They can be reached at [email protected].
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